Browsing Archive February, 2012
“I’ll never retire!”
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“I’ll never retire!”

    "I'll never retire. It's not worth it!" They're so cute when they say that. Instead of writing yet another post about how or when to retire, I thought I'd take the devil's-advocate approach and share the thoughts of people who aren't sure whether any of us should ever retire. Admittedly these people ...

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Book review: Your Retirement Quest
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Book review: Your Retirement Quest

    Let's wrap up "America Saves" week with a look ahead to the next step.  When you have enough, will you really be ready to retire? When you first start thinking about retirement, the next question that you're going to ask is "How much will I need?" After all, it's useless to try to figure out ...

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A complete waste of money
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A complete waste of money

Let's do more on the theme of "America Saves" week. Kate Kashman had a wonderful post last month on "Ten Things I've Bought That Were A Complete Waste of Money". That sparked a great discussion in our house on where we've wasted our money over the years. Our own list was surprisingly difficult to put together. One ...

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Starting Your Bridge Career After the Military
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Starting Your Bridge Career After the Military

Long post today: I have 2400 words of real-life examples for a reader's question. When I started thinking about a book, I wasn't writing "just another job-search manual". I wanted to talk about early retirement and frankly, I was scared of the competition from other career-transition authors. However, I get ...

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Book review: “When The Time Comes”
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Book review: “When The Time Comes”

      I've read a bunch of eldercare books over the last few months, but I think I'm finally done. This is my final review of that topic for a while, and we can conclude on an upbeat note. The last book, "A Bittersweet Season", was a depressing story of all the mistakes the author made as she ...

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TSP tips and trivia
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TSP tips and trivia

I read a number of personal-finance discussion boards, and one of the largest is Bogleheads.org.  Their best feature is the user's wiki, which has grown way beyond a basic FAQ page to become one of the Internet's top unbiased online guides to investing and retirement. Just over a year ago a poster started a thread on ...

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Military pay & benefits cuts
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Military pay & benefits cuts

Two weeks ago the Department of Defense started discussing their plan for military pay changes, the force drawdown, and benefits cuts. It could be worse. Don't get me wrong-- it's bad enough, but the cuts are still less than the drawdown after the Cold War. Back then the military downsized over a quarter of its ...

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Book review: You’re On Your Own
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Book review: You’re On Your Own

      In our house, books have been an essential parenting tool. I must have read a six-foot stack of them just to try to find a clue our way through all the stages from pregnancy to college applications. Some are the type of books that you leave on the familyroom table (or in the kid's ...

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